What is the Euro 2024 play-off draw and when will the fixtures be played? Wales face tough challenge to join England in Germany
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What is the Euro 2024 play-off draw and when will the fixtures be played? Wales face tough challenge to join England in Germany

Dec 4, 2023

The main part of Euro 2024 qualifying is over, but some teams are still fighting for a place.

Twelve countries still stand a chance of making it to UEFA‘s premier international event, and they are now in a play-off situation.

Wales must overcome two opponents to make it to the Euros

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Wales must overcome two opponents to make it to the EurosCredit: AFP

It’s a really tough scenario and only three sides will be successful, leaving nine heartbroken nations.

What is the Euro 2024 play-off draw?

Unlike all previous Euro qualifiers, the 12 teams were selected based on their Nations League performances.

The group winners from all divisions in Leagues A, B, and C were automatically guaranteed a place in this play-off draw.

However, if they had already qualified, it passed down to the next best-ranked side.

League D were not meant to have any nation in the play-offs, but because fewer than four teams entered from one league, Estonia, the top-ranked side in D, got a place.

This new system has seen Norway, Sweden, and Montenegro miss out despite finishing third in their Euro 2024 qualifying groups.

Estonia ended up at the bottom of theirs and got a place, while Georgia were fourth.

Therefore, this new system adds importance to the Nations League and turns Euro qualifying into a straight shootout for a top-two spot.

Erling Haaland and Norway have missed out on the Euros entirely

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Erling Haaland and Norway have missed out on the Euros entirelyCredit: AFP
These European countries all hope to make it to the Euros

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These European countries all hope to make it to the EurosCredit: Getty

Euro 2024 play-off teams

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • Georgia
  • Greece
  • Iceland
  • Israel
  • Kazakhstan
  • Luxembourg
  • Poland
  • Ukraine
  • Wales
Napoli star Khvicha Kvaratskhelia has a very good chance of making it to the Euros with Georgia

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Napoli star Khvicha Kvaratskhelia has a very good chance of making it to the Euros with GeorgiaCredit: AFP

Euro 2024 play-off fixtures and dates

The draw for the play-off semi-finals has been already made, which means that each team knows their potential route to Germany.

All of the semi-final games will take place on March 21, 2024.

There will then be three play-off finals and they will be on March 26, 2024, with the winner from each advancing to Euro 2024.

  • Path A: Poland vs Estonia
  • Path A: Wales vs Finland
  • Path A final: Wales/Finland vs Poland/Estonia
  • Path B: Israel vs Iceland
  • Path B: Bosnia and Herzegovina vs Ukraine
  • Path B final: Bosnia-Herzegovina/Ukraine vs Israel/Iceland
  • Path C: Georgia vs Luxembourg
  • Path C: Greece vs Kazakhstan
  • Path C final: Georgia/Luxembourg vs Greece/Kazakhstan
Robert Lewandowski and co could face a trip to Wales to decide their Euro 2024 fate

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Robert Lewandowski and co could face a trip to Wales to decide their Euro 2024 fateCredit: Getty

Euro 2024 play-offs: Wales’ path

Wales have been handed a potentially tough test, but it could have been worse.

For one, they are at home for their semi-final game against Finland, and should they win that, they will be at home for the final, which would see them play either Poland or Estonia.

Now, you would assume it will be Poland, given Estonia’s dreadful displays during qualifying, but you never know.

If they are to face Poland, they will be going up against Robert Lewandowski and co, who they faced during their Nations League campaign and lost both games.

The two fixtures were tightly contested, and on another day, Wales would have won both, so they shouldn’t have anything to fear.

And Wales boss, Rob Page, was pleased with the draw.

When asked if this was the best they could have hoped for at a press conference, he said: “Yeah, I think so.

“We’ve got the home leg for the semi-final. We didn’t particularly want to play Ukraine again.

“I am taking nothing away from Finland, it’s going to be a very tough challenge, but we’ve proven we are capable of getting fantastic results, so we are hoping for two big efforts.”


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